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RLG DigiNews

From: Robin Dale <bl.rld>
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998
Volume 2, Issue 3 of RLG DigiNews, the web-based, quarterly
newsletter is now available at:

The June issue contains a feature article by Anne R. Kenney and Oya
Y. Rieger of Cornell University's Preservation Department. Their
article, "Using Kodak Photo CD Technology for Preservation and
Access: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Curators,"
summarizes the results of a Cornell study that evaluated the use of
Kodak Photo CD technology for preserving and making available a
range of research material.  The study, funded by a grant from the
New York State Education Department's Program for the Conservation
and Preservation of Library Research Materials, was inspired by the
strong interest in the use of Kodak Photo CD technology within the
cultural community and was conducted in cooperation with the eleven
New York State comprehensive research libraries.

The issue also contains two technical feature articles.  The first,
"The Promise of DVDs for Digital Libraries," is from Steve Gilheany
of Archive Builders.  In his piece, Gilheany describes the DVD
(Digital Video Disk or Digital Versatile Disk) and its promise as a
new storage medium.  Article specifics include storage capacity, DVD
and multimedia, costs, and backward compatibility issues.  The
second technical piece, "Fractal and Wavelet Compression," is by
Steven Puglia of the National Archives and Records Administration
(US).  In his article, Puglia discusses two new methods of image
compression which are generating a great deal of interest from
institutions digitizing and providing access to oversized materials
such as maps, architectural plans, and engineering drawings.  The
new compression methods, already in use at several US institutions,
offer real advantages for providing access to large, complex images
via the Internet.

As with earlier issues, rounding out this issue is a current
calendar of events, project announcements, highlighted web sites,
and a FAQ about the difference between the optical resolution and
the interpolated resolution of scanners.

Robin L. Dale
Member Programs & Initiatives
Research Libraries Group, Inc.
1200 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA  94041-1100
Fax: 650.964.0943

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